Project: Make a Nature Heart – Two Ways!

Nature Hearts Collage

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and one can’t help but want to hang a heart, or two, to help spread the love. We decided to make some hearts out of things we gathered from nature. They are super simple and require little supplies, but offer endless possibilities for creativity. We headed out to collected our supplies the other day, having a nice conversation about plants in winter, seeds, and what will happen in the spring.  I filled my  basket, he filled the pocket of his hoodie, and we heading back in to make our hearts!

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What you need:

– Nature’s art supplies: sticks (for the base), grasses, stems, rocks, seeds, dried rose hips, etc…

– Glue (We used a low heat glue gun.)

– Paper (Card stock and/or cardboard if making a heart that will be filled in)

– Pen or pencil

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One way to make a nature heart:

1. Draw a large heart on the paper. This will provide an outline for your nature heart.

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2. Lay sticks down around your heart outline so that they overlap and glue the sticks where they touch.

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3. Keep glueing more and more sticks to build up the outline. If you like to keep things super simple you can stop as soon as you have a stable heart. It does look nice with just the sticks.

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4. Begin adding other nature finds around your heart. You can add as little or as much as you like, cover some or the entire heart; it is really up to you.

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5. Tie a string or ribbon through the middle of the heart to hang.

6. Hang and enjoy!

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Another way to make a nature heart:

When we laid out all of our materials my son started filling in his heart with the nature he had found. I had envisioned the heart above for this project, but he took off and starting with his “center rock” he began filling in and building a beautiful heart filled with his finds, and a few of mine. It turned out wonderful and was fun for him and much easier than the heart above.

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1. Draw a heart as above.

2. Glue in nature finds to fill in the heart.

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3. Keep as is or cut it out and hang. (He is still deciding if he wants to glue this one to some cardboard, cut it out, and hang it.)

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That’s it! Super fun and very simple, but got us outside gathering, learning, and observing, along with creating for a good part of the day.

If you make a nature heart, or two or three, please share. Whether you twitter, FlickrFB, or Pin we would love to see them.

 

12 comments… add one

  • Kim February 6, 2014, 8:10 am

    Fun!

    • dawn February 7, 2014, 4:52 pm

      They were fun to make – the collecting and the creating!

  • JenML February 6, 2014, 9:26 pm

    What a neat take on Valentine-making!

    • dawn February 7, 2014, 4:51 pm

      Thanks, Jen!
      Let us know if you make some. We would love to see them!

  • jo February 7, 2014, 7:43 am

    lovely! i just found your blog via ImagineChildhood and it is soooo inspirational!
    thank you for all your B-eautiful posts! sometimes we find it hard to fit in our
    “natural” science inbetween all our other homeschooling activities,
    but really – nature is what beings us “home” into ourselves/souls.
    thanks 4 the reminder :)

    • dawn February 7, 2014, 4:50 pm

      Welcome, Jo!
      You are so very welcome!
      Let us know if there is anything you would like to see here to help out with your homeschool!

      • jo February 10, 2014, 7:36 am

        hello dawn – i am actually in need of some ideas to get us outside during the winter!
        unfortunately, we are now further away from the country so accessing “wild” land is quite difficult (especially since the roads are bad w/ice&snow). any ideas for what we can search for, or what would be accessible w/in city limits? my girls are 9 & 11 so we’ve already covered the younger crafts for outside during the earlier years. any help would be most welcome :)
        thanks so much & best wishes!

        • Dawn & Annie February 10, 2014, 8:25 am

          Hi Jo,
          The very first thing that came to mind was bird watching. There are so many urban birds that stick around in the winter, especially if you have feeders. Maybe you & the girls could build some feeders for the yard and attract birds, build a snow bank bird blind, and start a bird list for for the year. The Great Backyard bird count is coming up. They may be interested in participating.
          Nest walks are another great activity for this time of year. Heading out to look in trees and under eves for the nests of birds, wasps and other critters can be lots of fun. There is a post here in the blog about it under projects.
          Another one that we shared for a “What’s That?” Wednesday post was about fall buds. Finding buds on trees and plants in winter is fun and if you can take some clippings from around your yard, or ask your neighbors, it is fun to bring them in, put them in water, and watch a spring preview when the buds start to leaf out or bloom. In the past we have also set up experiments by placing some buds in the dark, some in the window, and some next to the wood stove for extra heat, and tracking progress.
          Hope this helps a little bit.
          Let me know if you need some more ideas.

          • jo February 11, 2014, 7:32 am

            tks so much!!

  • Jenny February 8, 2014, 2:31 pm

    Ah! Love this. I think I’ll make a wreath now :)

  • Michelle February 10, 2014, 4:40 pm

    Very nice post; thanks for the inspiration!

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